Rose Prince of The Daily Telegraph loves 24 Carrots Farmers Market, so I popped along to the Jewellery Quarter on Saturday to see if the produce was as cool as the name.
Though small, with only a dozen stalls, 24 Carrots Farmers Market had a good variety of food and drink from vegetables and speciality sausages to coffee beans and cupcakes. Every stallholder happily talked about their produce and it was refreshing to spend time with people passionate about being local food producers.
I couldn’t walk past the fantastic aromas of the coffee and tea blends at Beans and Leaves. Owner Andy Evans generously let me have two,deep, sniffs of the Café Amaretto coffee beans, that had been soaked for twenty four hours in the almond liqueur before being roasted. A 100g bag of coffee beans should give you 10 cups of coffee for £2.50, so not bad for an after dinner treat.
The Italian passion for good food was evident at Squisito, a delicatessen that is the only accredited Italian food producer in the Midlands. Whilst buying some of the Lamborghini sausage rolls, I was told that over 85% of the ingredients they use are grown, reared and sourced locally. When I got home I also went onto their website and to find out more about their artisan sausage making cookery course, which will be a birthday present with a difference for a meat-loving friend.
Kiss Me Cupcakes, Morecoco, The Parson’s Nose and Hibiscus Grove Food Company were doing a good trade amongst local Jewellery Quarter residents, who had popped over for some store cupboard treats.
Phil Daniels on the Creating Taste stall didn’t have far to travel from his kitchen in Hockley, where he produces starters, main courses and desserts with his twin brother John. With Shropshire beef in the Beef & Ale pies and Worcestershire poultry in the Chicken Breasts wrapped in bacon, the award-winning duo prepare food that is locally sourced.
Some of the producers here on Saturday can also be found at the Kings Heath, Kings Norton and Moseley Farmers Markets, so wherever you find them, you can fill your shopping bags with fantastic food and drink and support our region’ s local producers.
The 24 Carrots Jewellery Quarter Farmers Market is held monthly from 10am-3pm at the Big Peg Car Park, Warstone Lane, Birmingham B18 6NA. Check the website for more info http://www.24carrots.org.uk